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Is 0% Financing Too Good To Be True?

0% financing when buying a car
A look at 0% financing and the implications when buying a new car. Whether you're buying a house or putting a vacation on your credit card, you'll have to pay interest. Not so with a new car and 0% financing. Financing a purchase on four, five, six, even seven times without paying any interest? Only the automotive industry can offer...

How To Improve Fuel Economy in 5 Easy Steps

How to Improve Fuel Economy
There are plenty of ways to improve your vehicle's fuel economy. These are the easiest. If you're trying to improve fuel economy and lower your vehicle's gas bill, you will find hundreds of tips and tricks online. To be honest, we read through them and they are all useful and effective. That said, there are some that are more complicated...

Winter Tires In Summer Aren’t Dangerous, They Are Just Not Ideal

Using Winter Tires in Summer
It's the time of year where many drivers are wondering if they can use their winter tires in summer. Maybe you can't afford a new set of summer tires right now. Maybe your winter tires are worn and you know you won't be using them next year, so you decide to save some tread on your set of summers. Maybe...

Salesman Secrets: 3 Tips to Negotiate the Price of Your New Car

Car Negotiation Tips
There’s a bit of an intro here. If you do not care about my little story and just want to know the 3 tips to negotiate the price of a new car, skip the next 5 or 6 paragraphs. I’ll always remember the first car I sold. It was a 2010 Volvo S80 and I got it off the lot...

Nobody Cares What Car You Drive

No one cares what car you drive
Your neighbors may congratulate you on that new ride in your driveway, but at best they will forget about it two seconds after seeing it, at worst they will be jealous and will find excuses to skip next year’s 4th of July BBQ. That girl you just met at the bar? Pray she doesn’t care what car you drive. That...

Do You Need Winter Tires If You Have AWD?

Winter tire testing with an Audi RS 4 Avant
Of all the automotive winter-related questions we field as so-called experts in the matter, the “AWD vs. winter tires?” is one of the simplest and most complicated to answer. The reason for this stems from the fact that many confuse traction with grip or adherence. All-wheel-drive benefits Let’s begin with all-wheel-drive. As the name implies, at any given time, all four...

Nokian Tyres: Friendly innovation

RAM 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Durango, Nissan Rogue and an Audi A4 B9 on Nokian Tyres | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
I’ve known about Nokian Tyres for a long time. I had a set of Hakkapeliitta on my 2004 Volvo XC70 some twelve years ago and was enormously gratified with their performance. I currently have Nokian zLINE A/S rubber on my 2008 Audi A4 and am thoroughly satisfied with the work they do for our near-daily mode of family transportation. While...

Top 2018-19 Winter Tires

Winter tires test
This past summer was one for the record books. It was a scorcher but if we’re the experts, we’re going to pay for it this upcoming winter. There are warnings that the winter of 2018-19 will be teeth-chattering cold and while we can go indoor to warm up, your tires cannot – they will be doing their best to...

More performance in a flash with the Unitronic experience

I’m sure you’ve all heard the words: « Work smarter, not harder. » This applies in all walks of life including cars. Like some of you, a long time ago, in a Galaxy far far away, I used to modify my cars. From exhaust systems, to suspensions, to brakes, and even an engine swap, all in the name of getting more out...

Leasing vs Buying: Everything You Need to Know

Leasing vs financing
As a former sales rep at Volvo and Subaru, I’ve witnessed my fair share of poor vehicle purchasing decisions that included buying a car that’s way over budget or trading in a vehicle purchased less than a year ago. I’ve also seen buyers lease a vehicle they couldn’t really afford to buy or buy a vehicle that would have really...